We've safely returned to our new home in Arizona. Esra is using her Snappie regularly, and has quickly learned to raise and lower herself. This wheelchair has truly increased our daughter's mobility and sense of self. While waiting by the sliding glass door to go outside, she confidently exclaimed, "Ra Ra here! Ra Ra here!" The Snappie is surely the foundation to independent motion and thinking.
Our trip to England has brought to me a marvelous sense of completion. Mixed in with that marvel is admiration for those who supported us through this journey. And we are glad for those who we met along the way. In fact, we even made friends with a band! They were going to London and so we got to chatting in the terminal at JFK while we all waited for our flight to board. Esra scoped out their instruments and she started pointing. That's all the encouragement the lead singer needed.
He is part of a Brazilian band called Candelore. The band's name refers to an object of light (e.g.- candle, torch or lighthouse) in the original Italian. The artist's grace shown in this video signifies to me the grace with which all of our friends have received Esra and helped us to meet her needs. I dedicate this song to our many friends who've helped us fulfill the mission of Esra's Trust.